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Chinese Constellations: Black Tortoise, Azure Dragon, White Tiger, Four Symbols, Vermilion Bird, Bond, Neck, Well, Net, Encampment, Girl (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 sep 2010


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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 106. Not illustrated. Chapters: Black Tortoise, Azure Dragon, White Tiger, Four Symbols, Vermilion Bird, Bond, Neck, Well, Net, Encampment, Girl, Emptiness, Dipper, Rooftop, Hairy Head, Twenty-Eight Mansions, Root, Three Stars, Legs, Ox, Horn, Chariot, Stomach, Room, Ghost, Tail, Wall, Turtle Beak, Winnowing Basket, Wings, Extended Net, Willow, Heart, Heavenly Market Enclosure, Flying Serpent, Purple Forbidden Enclosure, Three Enclosures, Supreme Palace Enclosure, Five Chariots, Silvery River. Excerpt: Chinese constellations are the way the ancient Chinese grouped the stars. They are very different from the modern IAU recognized constellations. This is due to the independent development of ancient Chinese astronomy. Ancient Chinese skywatchers divided their night sky into 31 regions, namely the Three Enclosures ( sn yuán) and Twenty-eight Mansions ( èrshíb xiù). The Three Enclosures occupy the area close to the North Celestial Pole. The stars in the Three Enclosures can be seen all year around. The Twenty-eight Mansions occupy the zodiacal band. They can be considered as the equivalent to the 12 zodiacal constellations in the Western Astronomy. In contrast to Western astronomy, the Twenty-eight Mansions reflect the movement of the Moon in a lunar month rather than the Sun in a solar year. The Three Enclosures are the Purple Forbidden enclosure (, Z Wi Yuán), the Supreme Palace enclosure (, Tài Wi Yuán) and the Heavenly Market enclosure (, Tin Shì Yuán). The Purple Forbidden Enclosure occupies the northernmost area of the night sky. From the viewpoint of the ancient Chinese, the Purple Forbidden Enclosure lies in the middle of the sky, and is circled by all the other stars. The Supreme Palace Enclosure lies east and north to the Purple Forbidden Enclosure, while the Heavenly Market Enclosure lies west and south. The Three Enclosur...

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